This is the second post in a short series on how to deal with the coming economic crisis. The premise is that exploding health care costs are derived from our neglect of our own bodies. Whether those costs are borne by individuals, insurance or business corporations, or the government, our level of health is not high enough to allow us to maintain any economic pre-eminence on the world stage. As long as we allow our health care statistics to decline, our society and economy will decline.

The personal solution proposed here is juice fasting. Of course the effectiveness of juice fasting is greatly enhanced by maintaining a healthy diet and reasonable fitness. To read the post click here…

I explained in a previous post that the United States government is on a fast track to economic ruin, most probably by way of collapse of the currency. The federal government is projected to spend a staggering $1.7 trillion more than it takes in for 2011. Unfunded liabilities are over $100 trillion, growing far faster than the economy as a whole, and tracking a steeply ascending curve. The lion’s share of these unfunded liabilities relate to promises to provide medical care to senior citizens and the poor. The repudiation of a massive amount of these promises (whether or not openly) is a foregone conclusion.

Do you want to avoid the pain that naturally comes with trusting an untrustworthy promisor? Take control of your own health.

Why health? Because that’s where the money’s at.

Why yourself? For the same reason that airline placards advise passengers to put their own oxygen mask on first. If you pass out from lack of oxygen, you’re a liability, not an asset, in dealing with the crisis.

The federal government spends almost a quarter of its budget on payments for health care. Costs are increasing at 6% per year, at least twice the rate of growth of the economy. Disability payments, lost productivity, and other direct and indirect costs of poor health impose additional unsustainable burdens on our government and on our society.

Most experts say that at least 70-80% of the medical expenses incurred in the US are avoidable, the product of self inflicted “lifestyle illnesses.” Many of us eat a poor diet, exercise too little, and never give our bodies a break from the routine. The result is that a large percentage of the population is “worn out” by the age of 65.

We can’t afford for it to be this way.

JUICE FASTING CURES NEARLY EVERYTHING; TRY IT!

Actually, juice fasting cures nothing, directly. It just restores your body’s own capacity for self-healing and restoration. For good health, juice fast on a regular basis, for extended periods of time. How much you need depends on your condition and lifestyle. If you’re young and in prime health through exercise and a healthy diet, you might need little or none of this remedy in order to live your best. If you’re middle aged or older, you almost certainly would benefit from at least some juice fasting.

Think about how you felt when you were a teenager. The chronic conditions you’ve picked up since then are very probably related at least in part to one fundamental problem — clogged plumbing. If you want to regain the health you had as a teenager, (maybe even more) clean the plumbing systems.

How do you know if you need to clean the plumbing? Check your blood pressure. If it’s not ideal, you need to make it ideal, and nothing cleans out blood vessels like juice fasting. Check the blood pressure afterward too, you’ll see an improvement. It’s hard to seriously degrade your body if you simply make sure that blood circulation is maintained at optimum efficiency. Reduce blood circulation below that required for maintenance of tissues, and degradation is a foregone conclusion.

Consider for a moment what clogs the lines. Cholesterol, for example, is routinely used as fuel by the body. However, the body will deposit surplus cholesterol inside of blood vessels under certain circumstances. After all, the body has to have fuel, and periodic food shortages have been a fact of life for most of human history. Natural selection has favored those able to save up enough energy to survive a period of famine.

When you juice fast, your body makes two lists. One is a list of fuel sources, the other is a list of problems. By shutting down digestion, you dramatically cut back on many different bodily functions related to digestion and elimination. This biological energy is redirected to fixing problems, the most threatening to the survival of the organism first, and so on and so forth.

The cholesterol inside your blood vessels goes on the list of fuels, as high priority, since it can also pose a threat to survival. The body is totally capable and quite willing to use this cholesterol as fuel if you shut down other sources of fuel. It will then use the energy for ongoing biological processes.

Think about what hurts, or what started hurting first. Cartilage naturally has a very limited blood supply, so it heals slowly, as opposed to the lips, with a huge blood supply, which heals quickly. Some blood vessels in cartilage are so small that blood cells must go single file, or nearly so. If plugging of the lines occurs, then the cartilage won’t have enough fuel, oxygen, and waste disposal for adequate maintenance and restoration.

That’s why people who smoke or weigh too much tend to have chronic back pain. Smoking tends to clog blood vessels. So does obesity & a poor diet. The cartilage gets hit with extra pounds to carry, often poorly distributed. At the same time, the blood supply gets reduced. Most of the time, these degenerative illnesses can be stopped and reversed at least in part by losing the excess weight, adopting a healthy diet, and following an appropriate exercise regimen.

Juice fasting is highly beneficial to health. By juice fasting, you can continue your work and daily affairs, for weeks at a time. Your body will be able to directly absorb natural simple sugars for fuel, along with lots of vitamins, minerals, and micronutrients.

Toss the whole idea of dieting out the window. Eat a mostly healthy diet, generally consuming what your body calls for. Treat yourself to good desserts and calorie laden treats from time to time, but don’t make a pig of yourself, except maybe on holidays or special occasions. When you hit a set point, say 105% of your ideal weight, juice fast until you’re back down to 100%.

Dieting screws with your metabolism, juice fasting doesn’t. Your body was designed to survive famines. Animals fast all the time, and it’s good for them, just like it is for us. Furthermore, juice fasting takes far less self discipline. With juice fasting, it’s a simple “yes or no” question. Either you’re eating or you aren’t.

With dieting you’re constantly fighting the battle of the bulge. We’re not designed for such monotonous self-denial. Plus you never totally shut down digestion. It’s kind of like trying to do a year end shutdown at a factory, but repeatedly running “onesies and twosies” on the production line. It’s counterproductive.

It’s impossible to put all the details in a post of this length. Take responsibility for and control of your own health. Spend good time on the internet, researching the things that matter to you. Read about the experiences of other persons similarly situated to yourself, who attempted juice fasting as a solution.

Then do the juice fast like your life depends on it, because it does. Get the best fruits and veggies you can afford. Make the best juice and drink enough of it to maintain full energy. Take care of yourself the best you can. Do everything in your power to make the juice fast a positive experience, a celebration of sorts. If you dread something, you probably won’t do very much of it. Approach juice fasting as something that you will do periodically for the rest of your life, with pleasure.

Some things can’t be “cured” by juice fasting, for example type 1 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes can be remedied, but you should spend good time reading about how others did it. Study the opportunities and the pitfalls they faced. Expert services from a competent professional who believes in juice fasting is critical when dealing with illnesses such as diabetes.

Don’t hesitate to pay the customary rate for professional medical services, out of your own funds. When used to restore and maintain your health such expenditures are a bargain, relatively speaking. Relying on doctors to spare you the natural and probable consequences of ruining your own health – not so much.

Lest you think my words to plain or critical, let me confess that I didn’t know how to juice fast until the middle of 2009. I went from having allergies so bad I couldn’t control them with chemicals, despite 5 years of allergy shots, down to having minimal allergies. I used Claritin-D, Flonase, and Breathe-Rite strips on the street. I was off all but the Breathe-Rite strips before I came to jail. I would use Breathe-Rite strips some of the time, at most, if I had them here.

The biggest favor anyone could have done for me at the age of 25 would have been to gently inform me 1) that I was a walking trash can, and 2) juice fasting cleans and detoxifies the body. I unnecessarily suffered from serious allergies over a 20 period, more or less depending on allergen levels. My body was pleading for cleansing and detoxification, but I didn’t understand. Had I known about juice fasting, I could have nipped the allergies in the bud, and solved other problems at the same time.

I’m suggesting a lifestyle that involves the periodic cessation of eating, for significant periods of time. That runs counter to one of the most basic human desires – to eat food. Consider these reasons.

YOU’D PAY THE MONEY – SO WHY NOT DO THE TIME?

If I could promise you vibrant good health for an investment of 60 days work the first year, and 30 days per year thereafter, you’d jump at the chance. How do I know that? Because of what most of us already do. We call it health insurance.

Health insurance just pays to fix up what we tear up. Spend the time you spend working to pay for health insurance juice fasting. You’ll bring home the paycheck as usual, and also get health benefits worth an equal or greater amount.

SOCIAL AND MORAL CONSIDERATIONS WEIGH IN FAVOR OF JUICE FASTING

Conservatives inveigh against “death panels.” But is it fair to put family and policymakers on the horns of an ethical dilemma by neglecting your own body? If you’re half dead from a stroke, do you want to conscript other people’s money to maintain a shadow of your former self?

Keep in mind that the aggregate of such health dilemmas has brought us to the frightful economic outlook set out at the beginning of this writing. Polls show that most of us want to “save it all” despite lip service to cost cutting. Our failure to decide will be a decision in and of itself – one that will, de facto, precipitate much disruption to our society.

Jack LaLanne lived 96 years – vibrant and delightful years, after he discovered the keys to health. Then he died old, but still with a good looking corpse. That’s fairly typical for persons who eliminate chronic maladies that come from poor lifestyle choices. It’s what nearly all of us say we want – a long bountiful life, and quick death.

Chonic lifestyle illnesses often debilitate and degrade health for years, even decades, before finally causing death, often at ages in the 60s, 70s, or even younger. Frequently, death is a release, a relief from an untenable burden on self and others.

Do you follow the teachings of Jesus Christ? Before He started His ministry, He fasted. Upon commencement of His ministry, He went to a feast, where He made a copious quantity of wine. Is it possible that He quite literally wished us to have life “more abundantly?” Did He mean for us to consider both sides of the equation, the fasting as well as the feasting?

FROM AN ECONOMIC PERSPECTIVE, NOTHING ELSE COMES CLOSE

For most of us, our labor is our biggest asset. Add up the value of your estate by category. Include the net present value of your future earnings.

How much would your economic security would improve by modest improvements in your working life? For most of us, our labor is our principal asset. Additional good working years are economically huge to most of us, even if the latter years involve only part time employment.

Furthermore, nothing is a bigger threat to our financial security than a major illness. What would happen to you if you or your spouse had a stroke or a heart attack? For most couples, an untimely heart attack or stroke in one spouse, could reduce the family unit from middle class comfort to poverty. And nearly all the time, it’s a personal and economic tragedy that is quite avoidable.

Get online and research how much money is spent on various categories of health care. When you subtract out the foolish spending on self inflicted, avoidable lifestyle illnesses, you’ll be shocked at the small size, per capita, of the health care expenditures that remain.

If you could insure only against injuries, and the diseases or conditions that you cannot reasonably prevent by a healthy lifestyle, the cost would be cheap indeed.

For all these reasons I propose juice fasting, for yourself and those you love, as the first line of defense against the economic insecurity that now looms large upon the horizon.

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